Pittsburgh real estate mogul Howard Hanna dies at 101 | New


PITTSBURGH (TNS) – In 1957 Howard Hanna and his wife Anne Freyvogel Hanna started a real estate company with only one office in Pittsburgh.

Today, the Howard Hanna Real Estate Services green and yellow sign is posted along the highway not only in western Pennsylvania but also in the United States, and this unique office has grown into the fourth real estate company in the country.

Almost 65 years after founding the company, Howard Hanna Jr. passed away on Saturday. He was 101 years old.

Hanna’s business empire began with a small office on the corner of Bayard and Craig streets in the Oakland neighborhood of Pittsburgh, a few blocks from the family home. In 1973 the first branch opened on Loop Street in Aspinwall.

In the mid-1980s the “Howard Hanna Showcase of Homes”, a television show featuring the properties of the company, debuted, and in 1992 the company was ranked number one in Pennsylvania by the industry publication REAL Trends Magazine. .

Today the company has operations in Michigan, Indiana, New York, Ohio, West Virginia, Virginia, North Carolina and Hanna’s home in Pennsylvania.

“Pittsburgh has lost a business pioneer and civic leader,” said Rich Fitzgerald, Allegheny County Director. “Howard Hanna started small and through hard work he changed the real estate industry. “

Hanna is survived by her children: Howard W. “Hoddy” Hanna, III (and his wife MaryAnne), Helen Hanna Casey (Stephen) and Annie Hanna Cestra (Dennis); her grandchildren Annie Hanna Engel (Gus), Howard W. “Hoby” Hanna, IV (Stacey), Kelly Hanna Riley (Patrick), F. Duffy Hanna (Dana), Mollie Hanna Lang (Tom), Sarah Hanna White ( Andrew), Dennis A. Cestra, Jr., Helen Freyvogel Cestra, Annie McTighe Cestra and the late Vincent de Paul Carson; and by 19 great-grandchildren.

Friends will be received from 3 p.m. to 7 p.m. Tuesday and Wednesday at John A. Freyvogel Sons Funeral Homes, 4900 Center Ave. in Oakland.

A 10 a.m. funeral service will be held Thursday at St. Paul’s Cathedral, 108 North Dithridge St. in North Oakland. Interment will be private.

{p class = “krtText”} In lieu of flowers, keepsakes can be sent to the Howard W. Hanna Jr. Scholarship Fund at the University of Pittsburgh or the Urban League of Pittsburgh-Cleveland Hanna Home Ownership Fund.

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